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Friday, 1st June 2012
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Japan prepares to host Pacific Nation Cup 2012

Between June 5th and June 13th, Japan will be the rugby capital of the Pacific as it is now ready to host one of the sport's biggest events in the region.

Japan will be hosting the Pacific Nations Cup, which is a rugby tournament between Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Japan.

The majority of the matches are being held in Japan, with the first taking place in Nagoya and the rest in Tokyo, with just one game set to be played in Fiji.

Eddie Jones, the new coach of the Japanese rugby team, stated it is his aim to take home the cup this year.

He is also looking ahead to the Rugby World Cup in 2015, saying: "I want my side to be at its peak in September 2015.

"Of course, our target is to win the Pacific Nations Cup. But if we lose a few battles to win the war then so be it."

While none of the matches are being played in the Tohoku region, which was the worst affected by the country's earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the people will be in the players' thoughts.

Mr Jones added that the players have set up their own charity to raise money for the area and made around 7,000 yen at a Sevens tournament recently.

Posted by Mark Smith

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